Charles Dickens is generally touted as one of the English language’s best writers. Bulwer-Lytton is generally touted as so bad that he actually has a terrible first line contest named for him.
Yet when passages from the work of each are placed side by side…. Well, I can’t tell them apart – except for the ones from Dickens’s Great Expectations, which I recognized on sight.* Can you?
*Not because I like Great Expectations; merely because I was forced to read it in middle school, in high school, and again in college.